Set Free & Sent Free (Galatians 1:1-10)

We enter October with a study on the Gospel found in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It’s a book filled with freedom, purpose, and joy, offered to all people through faith in Jesus Christ.

Message title: Set Free & Sent Free (Galatians 1:1-10)
First week in Galatians
Scriptures: Galatians 1:1-10; Psalm 150
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 10/1/17

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“Shallow thinking about God always replaces God, and sets in his place a fraudulent idol of security or sex or wealth or power or even of religion.”
—Tony Reinke (Here We Stand blog series »

“Without Jesus, we approach life with the expectation of death. With Jesus, we approach death with the expectation of life.”
—Nabeel Qureshi

“The one doctrine which I have supremely in my heart is that of faith in Christ, from whom, through whom and unto whom all my theological thinking flows back and forth, day and night.

This rock, which we call the doctrine of justification through faith, was shaken by Satan in paradise when he persuaded our first parents that they might by their own wisdom and power become like God.

Ever since then the whole world has invented innumerable religions and ways through which, without the aid of Christ, use their works to redeem themselves from evil and sins.

When Paul discusses the biblical doctrine of justification by faith he explains that there are several kinds of “righteousness.”

  1. First, there is political or civil righteousness—the nation’s public laws—which magistrates and lawyers may defend and teach.
  2. Second, there is cultural righteousness—the standards of our family and social grouping or class—which parents and schools may teach.
  3. Third, there is ethical righteousness —the Ten Commandments and law of God—which the church may teach but only in light of Christian righteousness.

So all these may be received without danger, as long as we attribute to them no power to satisfy for sin, to please God, or to deserve grace…

These kinds of righteousness are gifts of God, like all good things we enjoy…

Yet there is another righteousness, far above the others, which Paul calls “the righteousness of faith”—Christian righteousness.

God imputes it to us apart from our works—in other words, it is passive righteousness, as the others are active.

For we do nothing for it, and we give nothing for it. We only receive it.” —Martin Luther (emphasis added)

Scripture readings:

Galatians 1:1-10 (ESV)


Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers[1] who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[2] of Christ.

  1. Galatians 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 11
  2. Galatians 1:10 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

Psalm 150 (NLT)

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
    praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
    praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
    praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
    praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.

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